August 2018 News

Suspected IS Sympathiser, Deported From Dubai, Handed Over To Kashmir Police

19 August 2018
The Week
Tariq Bhat

Srinagar: Kashmir police on Sunday detained an engineer who was deported from Dubai on charges of being an Islamic State (IS) sympathiser. The UAE authorities deported Irfan Ahmad Zargar, 36, a resident of Bemina on August 14. He was earlier held in detention by Dubai police for four months. After being deported he was detained in New Delhi for questioning for two days before being handed over to Kashmir police. The UAE police arrested him after he returned from Muscat in April. Zargar had been under surveillance for months after it became clear through his social media activity that he was sympathetic toward the IS. After his arrest in Dubai, Zargar lost touch with his family in Srinagar for nearly a week, sources said. His brother then flew to Dubai and lodged a missing complaint with the police, sources said. His family members also had sought the help of external affairs minister on Twitter. Zargar spoke with his family on 27th day of Ramzan. The call was allowed on the condition that he would speak in English. On Sunday morning he again called home to inform that he has been handed over to police in Jammu. According to sources, Zargar is being questioned by the Kashmir police's intelligence wing. He has been working in Dubai for the last five to six years. He had gone to Muscat to set up a shop after taking leave for one month. According to sources, he was planning to quit his job and focus on business in Muscat.